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Were We Awake

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In each story of this collection, events make the characters understand that their world is not as it seemed.

In Hidden, the discovery of an affair between her father and aunt is only the start of finding hidden secrets for Hazel.
What it Means to Be Empty-Handed is narrated by a fourteen–year-old daughter of an alcoholic. Her denial and elaborate imagination starts to
Kindle Edition, 215 pages
Published November 25th 2019 by Fomite
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Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Author L.M. Brown does it again, creating a wonderful collection of stories that are both connected and illustrate the way life constantly throws people curve balls, turning the world they knew into a completely new one. A collection that showcases that things are never simple or what they appear.

One of the truly engaging stories of the collection has to be Hidden, which delves into the complex family life of Hazel when she discovers her father and aunt are having an affair. Yet as
Pallavi Sareen
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book begins with the words of Emily Dickinson, which I suppose also formed the basis of its title.
“it is good we are dreaming—
It would hurt us—were we awake—”
This, in itself brought a smile to my face since she is one of my favourite poets. This is the first book I have read by this author.
While reading it, I was amazed by the quality of prose and the feeling of the book. Yes, the feeling which inspired both profound thoughts and a gentle comfort. Some stories made me feel the gloominess
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: Were We Awake

Author: L. M. Brown

Length: 236 pages

Publisher: Fomite

Publication date: November 20, 2019

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

My rating: 4/5


This book is a collection of 13 short stories.

My Take:

I would like to thank the author for providing me with an Advanced review copy of the book for reading and reviewing. This is the second book of the author that I laid my hands on after reading “Treading the Uneven Road“. I did like the earlier book and hence when the author contacted
Erik McManus
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was another book full of compelling short stories that draw you right in and keep you engrossed until the conclusion that sometimes will be happy and sometimes be chilling. You never really know which one you are going to get (which I loved).

There were definitely some stories that I liked more than others. For example, there is one story about a mother that cooks and cleans and takes care of her husband and son and they don’t treat her very well which made me feel so much for this woman.
Mari LivTollefsonCarlson
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Surprise is the theme in L.M. Brown’s luminous collection of short stories, Were We Awake, out today, November 20.
Some of the stories in this latest collection are linked, as are the stories in Brown’s previous release, Treading the Uneven Road (March 2019). Raymond, whose father dies in a work accident, appears in a few stories. The murderer of Nick Moody, found dead behind a pub, and Nick’s family also feature in more than one tale. A clown, starfish, cats, exotic birds, estranged couples and
Matt McAvoy
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection of understated, yet profoundly compelling slice-of-life stories, by an author I am very fond of. Lorna’s writing is lovely to read, creatively crafted in alluring prose. Be warned though, it can be a little bleak – reminiscent of a grey, rainy day, and there is little respite from a permeating feeling of sadness and melancholy. But, this is not necessarily a bad thing; it is ultimately warm comfort – reading her work brings to mind a feeling of home; hot tomato soup or ...more
Gordon Long
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a book about the beautiful, ineffable loneliness of the human inability to share emotions. These people are not the ‘larger than life’ who expose their hearts on a big screen. These are the little souls who live their isolation in every empty minute of their lives. Their failures are the lack of contact. Their triumphs are the temporary connections they make with others who sympathize.

The writing teems with subtle touches that dig deep into the heart of the matter and the people. Nothing
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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“Were we awake” is a collection of 13 short but emotive stories - tales of courage, guilt, love and survival.

The book takes the reader on a passionate journey from picturesque Ireland to the busy suburbs in the US.

Alby is missing his best friend and may not see him, again. Hazel’s life changes when she encounters the dark truth about her family. A mother wrapped in remorse when she’s involved in a hit-and-run of a teenager. When Eva goes on holiday with her family comes back with a deep scar
Anja  (Anja’s Library)
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews
I loved the wide collection of stories written in this book. Each story had its own tone and element to bring to the book. Although I did prefer certain stories over another, they were all wonderfully written. It’s a shame the weather was nice today because that’s what this book needed. It’s the perfect piece to read in the winter, at night, while you're curled up with some hot tea or cocoa. However, some of the stories were a little bland or boring. The intention was there but it didn't quite ...more
Pamela Scott
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I was impressed with the quality of the stories in this collection. The stories are vastly different in scope, style and structure. There are no two stories alike. Most story collections have at least one or two that don’t work. I cannot fault a single story in Were We Awake. I loved every story. Walking a Country Road is the stand-out story in the collection. It’s one of the best stories I’ve read in a long time. I also loved Cold Spell and Green
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Were We Awake' is a collection of stories that all take place mostly in a small Irish town, with a couple that take place in the US. There is overlap between the stories, but it's subtle and the stories stand on their own. I'd say the overall theme is on the dark side. Not dark as in evil, but more as in desperate and hopeless, albeit there are a few glimpses of redemption and resolution. Most of the stories are about normal people in a normal setting dealing with some kind of tragedy of ...more
Amy Shannon
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerful stories

I love the stories that Brown put together in this collection, Were we Awake. Each story brings a unique perspective in a life situation that affects not just one character, but all of them. The actions of others can affect those around them. Brown definitely knows how to tell a story, and tells many. The writing style matches the story itself, along with its great pace and giving a whole story in a short story format. I look forward to reading more by this author. This read is
Lucy Goodfellow
Nov 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
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1 Star

Venture into a world which lacks the emotional depth I expect from this writer. The characters were interesting but unfortunately, they were one dimensional. The first story was the only one I felt engaged by and although there was presumed continuity between the stories I felt like this wasn’t enough to keep me engaged due to the writing style.

It took me almost a month to read this and it was only 215 pages.
KayBee's  Bookshelf
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first read by the author and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised as I wasn't quite sure what to expect. This particular book is a collection of short stories that drive you from one emotion to the next seamlessly. Different lengths, different tones and elements, but all engaging and meaningful. I think the author did a great job of delivering strong, vivid and entertaining tales. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be shaken up a bit.
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